Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe. "NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It's not like we suddenly woke up and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'" Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready." "How many more people will get infected with Ebola this year in the U.S.?" he went on. "I would guess you could count among the fingers of two hands, depending on what contacts of the guy in Dallas actually turned out to get infected." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/12/ebola-vaccine_n_5974148.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 So the head of the NIH does not believe that Ebola is any threat at all to the USA, and we can "count on two hands" the number of Americans who will be infected this year. Great. That's just GREAT. These idiots are making our policy decisions.